World Organisation Against Torture

Created in 1985, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of international non-governmental organisations (NGO) fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. With 311 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network and many tens of thousands correspondents in every country, OMCT is the most important network of non-governmental organisations working for the protection and the promotion of human rights in the world. [Read more …]





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Cambodia:  Retrial and renewed sentencing of Yorm Bopha

The Observatory has been informed about the retrial and renewed sentencing of Ms. Yorm Bopha, a housing and land rights activist who was pivotal in organising and leading protests against the forced evictions of residents from the Boeung Kak Lake community in Phnom Penh.

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June 30, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cambodia
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Bahrain:  Deterioration of the medical conditions of Nabeel Rajab

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the deterioration of the medical conditions of Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and FIDH Deputy Secretary General, while in police custody and his transfer to the hospital for heart problems.

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June 29, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Guatemala:  Amenazas de muerte en contra de Alejandro Rodríguez, abogado en el Caso Molina Theissen, y allanamiento de la oficina y agresión física contra un miembro de Impunity Watch

June 29, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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Guatemala:  Assassination of Brenda Marleni Estrada Tambito, unionist of UNSITRAGUA - HISTÓRICA

June 29, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala
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India:  Acts of harassment against Ms. Soni Sori,tribal rights activist and women’s rights defender

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about acts of harassment against Ms. Soni Sori, tribal rights activist and women’s rights defender, and other members of a fact-finding team investigating a reported incident of rape and a “fake encounter” killing of a young tribal woman in Gompad village, Konta Tehsil, in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh State.

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June 29, 2016  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India
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Côte d'Ivoire: Contribution à la Liste des Points à traiter pour la soumission du rapport initial de la Côte d’Ivoire devant le Comité contre la torture

June 28, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications  |  Côte d'Ivoire
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OMCT and SOS Torture network call on all humans to honour torture victims & take action

June 27, 2016  |   Assistance to victims, Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Statements
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Spain: Torture should stop being a taboo

June 23, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Spain

Conclusions of the Fourth Seminar of Civil Society in the frame of the Sixth High Level Human Rights Dialogue between Mexico and the EU

June 21, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  European Union (EU), Mexico

Eritrea: UN HRC 32: Addressing human rights violations in Eritrea and the UN Commission of Inquiry’s findings

We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs), write to express our grave concern about the Eritrean Government’s continued and egregious violations of human rights. We urge your delegation to co-sponsor a resolution renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea and supporting the establishment of robust accountability mechanisms to facilitate access to justice to the victims of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Eritrea during the 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC). 

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June 20, 2016  |  Statements  |  Eritrea

Mexico: Effective follow-up mechanism and investigation into torture allegations priority objectives in Ayotzinapa case

June 8, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Urgent campaigns  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Moldova, Republic of: Ill-treatment and denial of adequate medical care for Mr. Oleksandr Lypovchenko

The OMCT is gravely concerned about the critical health condition of Mr. Oleksandr Lypovchenko and the vital threat that represents the constant denial of adequate medical care, and calls on the de facto Transnistrian authorities to urgently guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Oleksandr Lypovchenko and immediately transfer him to specialized institutions where he can receive adequate medical care and treatment.

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May 30, 2016  |   Urgent campaigns  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Moldova, Republic of

Internship announcement

May 27, 2016  |  Statements

Open Letter to ECOSOC regarding the Committee on NGOs

May 24, 2016  |  Urgent Interventions

OMCT E-bulletin 57th session

During its 57th session that took place from 18 April to 13 May 2016, the UNCAT considered the reports submitted by France, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Turkey and Israel. In accordance with Article 19 of the Convention, State parties must every four years submit a report to the CAT on measures taken to implement the Convention.

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May 23, 2016  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Reports and Publications